The annual Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee festival will return to St Kilda’s O’Donnell Gardens for a day of dancing, music, art, food, markets and more.
The free festival, on Saturday February 2, is now in its 14th year and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
The day begins with an ancient Indigenous welcome, led by Boonwurrung elder N'arweet Carolyn Briggs, during which the community will be invited to walk through sacred smoke, and children and babies will receive a traditional blessing.
Later, the chef behind catering company Mabu Mabu (meaning “help yourself”), Nornie Bero, will teach grown-ups traditional Torres Straight Islander cooking techniques using native ingredients, while kids can learn to make damper.
Master weaver Aunty Bronwyn Razem will also be there to show them how to sculpt a bush animal from wool and hay.
The Melbourne Stars are hosting all-ages cricket workshops where you can meet the players throughout the day; there’ll be live-music performances by Brett Lee, Kee’ahn and Robert K Champion; and Indigenous Hip Hop Projects will perform, and host dance workshops.
There are also pom-pom-making, craft and sport workshops, face painting, story telling, market stalls, traditional food to try, plus more.
From 11am to 6pm.